5 things to know: Tuesday

5 things to know: Tuesday

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Immigrants question whether to file taxes or not

LUBBOCK, Texas - Another deadline looms over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) which protects children brought to the country as illegally as children. The administration's immigration policies also stripped away the temporary protective status (TPS) from central Americans. These immigrants now have to face the decision over whether to file their taxes for a government that seeks to evict them.

"Well they are concern," said Paola Ledesma, immigration attorney. "They've asked me should I file or should I not file my tax return." 

Ledesma recommends to always file regardless of what temporary legal status you may have whether it be DACA, TPS, or an employment visa, paying uncle Sam could prove to beneficial down the line. 

"It is better to comply with IRS than not especially if there is something in the future for DACA holders like the government and congress are talking about right now," said Ledesma. "Than might as well file your tax return and then you are in compliance with the law."

Ledesma suggests immigrants need to use tax professionals to protect themselves. Raul Alvarado is one of those professional tax preparer and has worked with many foreign exchange students covered by different immigration statuses and said don't be afraid to file. 

"If they have a permit to work and they have been working than chances are they had taxes withheld from their paycheck," said Alvarado. "One of the reasons to file is to get some of that money back." 

Any form of earnings, whether its wages or salaries has to be reported to the government by April 17th.


Teen pregnancy rates in Texas at historic low

LUBBOCK, Texas - Teen pregnancy and childbearing are at historic lows. According to the organization, Power to Decide, between 1991 and 2016, teen birth rates declines by 67% nationwide and in Texas, 60%. 

Gloria Toti with Heartline Women's Center said she gives credit to education.

Toti said it is as simple as asking "siri" a question nowadays to get the info teens need. 

In Texas, Toti said it is the push for abstinence that is made the biggest difference. Kristy Rose, director of health services for Lubbock Cooper ISD said while it is limiting in the classroom, they are working on optional programs. 

Toti said parents should not be afraid to approach their kids even at a young age. 

At Lubbock Cooper, basic sex ed classes are part of the sixth grade health curriculum and a more complex class for ninth graders. 

Rose said they do talk about different forms of contraception in the ninth grade class but the main focus in on abstinence.

"A big play is the community," Rose said. "Yes, I think that sexual education can always be improved on. However, you have such a vast difference between someone no even knowing what sex is and someone being exposed." 

Rose said overall Lubbock Cooper has very low numbers of teen pregnancies but have the resources available for students dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.


UPDATE: Police identify victim of last week's fatal hit-and-run crash

LUBBOCK, Texas - Police identify last week’s deadly hit and run crash victim as 18-year-old Joey Aguero.

On Thursday, at approximately 11:45 p.m., LPD received a call that a male was lying in the street in the area of 7000 4th Street.

The male, who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Through the initial investigation, it appears the pedestrian was walking in the right hand eastbound lane in the 7000 block of 4th Street. An unknown vehicle, also traveling eastbound in the right hand lane, struck the pedestrian and then fled the scene.


Men's basketball matches program best ranking

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech men's basketball team has earned a No. 7 ranking in this week's Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches Top 25 polls released on Monday.
 
The Red Raiders (19-4, 7-3 Big 12) have dialed up wins in 19 of their first 23 games for the third time in program history. The 1953-54 team under Polk Robison also started 19-4 whereas the 1995-96 squad under James Dickey compiled a 30-1 start ignited by a program-record 23-game winning streak.
 
Texas Tech moved up three spots in this week's polls after an overtime win over Texas coupled with a road win at TCU who was receiving votes in both polls. The No. 7 ranking matches a program-high which was set on March 4, 1996. The Red Raiders also have secured a quartet of Top 10 rankings which also equals a program-record with the 1995-96 team.
 
Texas Tech has already eclipsed its overall and Big 12 wins marks from last season and enter the week in a first place tie with 13-time defending regular season champion Kansas in the Big 12 standings.  
 
Texas Tech continues its run of four consecutive midweek home games and faces off with Iowa State on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT from United Supermarkets Arena. 


US economy fundamentally strong despite stock market plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) - A wave of fear about inflation and higher interest rates has sent stock prices tumbling and raised concerns about corporate profits. On Monday, a plunge of over 1,100 points in the Dow Jones industrial average capped two days of losses that have erased the stock market's gains for the year.

Yet the rush of anxiety has obscured a fundamental fact about the U.S. economy: It's healthy.

Nearly nine years into the expansion that followed the Great Recession, the job market is strong. So is housing. Consumer confidence is solid, and manufacturing is rebounding. Households and businesses are spending freely. Personal debt has lightened since the financial crisis a decade ago. And major economies around the world are growing in tandem.

For now, the economy remains on firm footing, even with the prospect of somewhat higher inflation. The inflation concerns escalated after Friday's monthly U.S. jobs report showed that average wages surged 2.9 percent in January from 12 months earlier - the sharpest year-over-year gain since the recession.


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